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  1. sounds like a plan. I will definitely take the receiver into Austin Stereo and have him look at it. I figured on about $400-$500 for that. I probably will not even bother with a new cartridge...the one I have (pickering xv-15) is the same as a stanton 681EEE, and I don't think I could do too much better without going into the more expensive range $300 range.....especially if I ever want to upgrade the stylus, I can use any from the stanton 681 line. I actually went into end of an ear yesterday just seeing what they have, and it was way overpriced....no amps under about $200 - $300 and they were not even anything too special. Most of the speaker selection was not much either. But I live really close by there, so I will just check back every so often.....the record selection was good, but again seemed a little pricey. I really like friends of sound and Antones for LP shopping. and Antone's has an unbeatable 45 selection in town. As far as cd players go, I bought a used NAD 5340 that works just fine...I rarely listen to cds though, and this setup is mainly vinyl.
  2. that sounds like a good plan. The more I look into other amps, I am finding that the Sansui is actually a pretty nice piece. I did not realize that it would make that significant of an improvement if the amp was serviced. So looking at your location is says Austin.....I am also in Austin, TX. Where would you recommend having the amp serviced in the area? Doing a quick search online http://austinstereo.com/ and http://www.yelp.com/biz/mr-wizards-electronics-austin look like pretty good spots. Is there anyone else that you have experience with or would recommend?
  3. so from what I am getting as feedback from various forums, it seems that my speakers and receiver are good and a purchase within my budget will not be a drastic improvement...but a new phono stage for the amp actually would help (and is not crazy expensive anyway) since the marantz TT is already running a little weird/slow and does not seem to be anything amazing in its own right, a new TT would be worth the upgrade sticking with the same cartridge since it seems pretty good actually... So I am thinking that a new table, phono stage and possibly stylus would get me setup and happy for a good long while... I'm looking at this as the updates: -project expression III TT: $699 -cambridge audio azur 551P phono preamp:$139 (since I don't have any plans for a MC and the sansui receiver already has a subsonic filter on it I don't see the point in the 651p, but would like to hear opinions) -possible JICO shibata stylus for current cartridge:$140 all total is just about $1000....Anything here that jumps out as a bad buy or something that would be weird with my other gear? This seems like a good setup that will last....and most importantly it leaves all of the extra money to put into music! thanks again for the help -Z
  4. Brand new member to these boards, and I cannot believe I have never joined here before! So I have been into vinyl since college (about 10 years) and I have always just put most of my money into buying new records, so I have a pretty sweet collection at this point of ~200-300 both used and new. A combination of not having the money, and blowing money on records has always prevented me from building a nice stereo setup. Over the years I have gotten a few vintage pieces together to make my current setup for cheap (~$250): Marantz 6100 turntable - with pickering XV-15 cartridge (original 625E stylus) Sansui G5700 receiver Infinity RSa speakers All of these pieces are in good working order and have done a decent enough job for me for several years as a poor college/grad student, but I am now able to finally upgrade to something better. I never really paid any attention to what components would/should work together since I just bought what I could find at local shops. I am now looking for which component upgrade would give me the most benefit initially, and if any of these components are actually pretty decent and not worth upgrading. I am not really in any rush to upgrade everything all at once (it's been long enough with the current setup that I can take my time) so I would say I have about $750-$1000 budget per component stretched out over the entire upgrade process. I would ideally like to buy new and upgrade to a system that will last for a long while, and not need/want to be changed anytime soon. I listen mainly to rock from all eras and I also have a good amount of classical/jazz records that I was given. I like music to sound clean and straight forward with not too much added color to it. I like hearing what the artist intended without the stereo adding what it thinks it should sound like. Any help and opinions would be greatly appreciated with all of this.....time to put on another track now! -Z
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